Baby hedgehogs, called Hoglets, are born in the UK in June and July. A second litter may be born in September or October. They are usually 4 or 5 hoglets in a litter. Newborn hoglets are blind and tiny, weighing just 25 grams. When they are born, baby hedgehogs have no visible spines. Baby Hedgehogs […]
Your average hedgehog might not look like a natural athlete, but they are full of surprises. They climb, they run, and yes, they swim. The garden pond can be a great resource for neighbourhood hogs, but it can be a death trap too. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedgehogs aquatic abilities and how you can make sure your pond is a safe place for them to swim.
Being a keen gardener and loving wildlife usually go hand in hand. The one adds so much to the enjoyment of the other. But when holes start appearing in unexpected places in the garden, you may not be so keen. If something is digging up your lawn or burrowing under your fences, you probably want to know what it is. Could it be hedgehogs?
As the first hedgehogs emerge from hibernation in March, so do the frogs, toads and newts in our gardens and countryside. Everyone is hungry. So who’s eating what? Do hedgehogs eat frogs and other wildlife that might live in our garden ponds?
In the UK, hedgehogs typically come out of hibernation between March and May. There is a lot of variation between years, between different areas of the country and between different individuals. Emerging from hibernation is a dangerous moment in the hedgehog year. In this article, we will look at the process in more detail and understand how we can help.
Hedgehogs have been around for 15 million years and today can be found from equatorial Africa to Finland. They are hardy and supremely adaptable. Yet in the UK habitat loss has led to a disastrous decline in their numbers. This article will look at where hedgehogs have traditionally lived, how this habitat has changed in the modern world and our hopes for where hedgehogs might find room to live in the future.
The seasons seem strange just now you can’t predict what the weather will do from one day to the next. We still had bees in the garden in November, and the daffodils are already out in Cornwall in January. Many people are seeing hedgehogs still out and about in December and wondering what’s going on? Shouldn’t they be hibernating now? Why are they still out? Will they be OK? So now seemed like a good moment to take a look at why hedgehogs hibernate see if we can find answers to some of those questions.
It’s often said that wild hedgehogs in the UK live for 2 – 3 years on average. This is true as far as it goes. But it’s really just a headline statistic, and as with so many things, the devil’s in the detail. When we look at the detail of how long hedgehogs live we\ll see a much more complex picture. And we’ll start to understand why our support for hedgehogs, particularly autumn juveniles, is so essential for the future of hedgehogs in the UK.
Hedgehogs in the UK are in trouble. Their numbers are rapidly declining, and as responsible wildlife gardeners, we need to do everything we can to help them when they are on our patch. But what if your love of animals includes a love of cats? Will your cat attack visiting hedgehogs? Can you make a hedgehog friendly garden if you have cats? Let’s find out.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal, they go about their business at night and sleep in the daytime. But have you ever wondered why they live this way? Are they especially adapted to life in the dark? What other creatures share their night-time world and what does it mean if you see a hedgehog out in the daytime? Let’s find out.